Ferguson: McGregor Can’t Run Forever
Tony Ferguson proved his worth of being a potential No. 1 contender to the UFC lightweight title back in November, defeating former champion Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 Finale card. Exactly one week later, the man who defeated dos Anjos for the title in July — Eddie Alvarez — lost the lightweight title to Conor McGregor, who became the first man to hold two UFC divisions’ titles at the same time.
McGregor now just has the lightweight title, but he’s currently on hiatus from the promotion. McGregor is focused on several things, mainly a potential boxer vs. MMA fighter showdown with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. In the meantime, Ferguson — ranked No. 2 in the UFC’s lightweight rankings — was set to meet No. 1 Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 209 in a bout for the interim lightweight title. However, that bout was scrapped after Nurmagomedov was hospitalized thanks to a bad weight cut.
With McGregor likely not defending the UFC title soon, Ferguson took time to call out the champion on Twitter.
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 23, 2017
Ferguson’s win over dos Anjos gave him a nine-fight win streak, but Ferguson won’t be getting a title shot for however long McGregor is away from the Octagon. McGregor is out until at least April or May due to the upcoming birth of his child, and then the rest of his time is dedicated to getting the fight with Mayweather official — a fight which, as of now, could potentially happen by September.
There is still the potential that McGregor returns to the UFC before the end of the year, but it’s clear Ferguson is done with waiting.